The brief vignette in this Boston Globe Op Ed crystallizes why we need health reform now:
[S]he lives in constant fear of major uninsured health bills. Not her own —
those of her son. He can’t afford insurance because his son — her grandchild —
has a preexisting condition.
The “she” the writer refers to is former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The anecdote illustrates that the health care system, as it is now, does not care who you are. It does not care who you know. It does not care what post you hold. And in some cases, it won’t care how much money you have.
It is not working for anyone, which is why it baffles me that after the Governor and Legislative leaders made a big toodoo about health care reform this year — knowing that stories such as O’Connor’s are more common than not — they may leave empty handed in less than a week.